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Legal & General Drives Forward UK Urban Regeneration Programme with Planning Success at Newcastle Science Central

December 18, 2017

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Legal & General has secured planning for its second Grade A office building at Newcastle Science Central, as it continues to transform cities and regions across the UK, boosting local jobs and driving economic growth.

Legal & General has secured planning for a 100,000 sq ft office building that will create modern workspace for over 1,200 people in the science, technology and the knowledge sectors.  Designed by international design practice, Ryder Architecture, the Grade A building will be designed to achieve British Council for Office (BCO) standards. It is also being built to BREEM Excellent standard with an EPC rating of A.  It is also being built to BREEM Excellent standard with an EPC rating of A and a Wiredscore Platinum certification.

With three quarters of the UK population now living in cities, there is increasing strain on these areas as populations expand and demand for housing, work space and amenities increases. Legal & General is committed to working with civic authorities and leaders to unlock city regeneration and secure the viability of socially and economically important UK schemes.  As such it is involved in some of the UK’s largest strategically important regeneration schemes that are fast transforming and reshaping Britain’s landscape, bringing jobs and housing back into the centre of cities and better utilising our existing infrastructure.

In June 2016 Legal & General Capital, the investment arm of Legal & General Group, became the long term investment partner with Newcastle City Council (NCC) and Newcastle University (NU), to build and finance the Newcastle Science Central development. LGC is working closely with LGIM Real Assets, its specialist property and infrastructure asset manager, to deliver this landmark regeneration project.

Newcastle Science Central is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. It is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000sqm of office and research space, and 450 new homes. The aim of the development is to become a major UK hub for scientific research, and technology businesses, creating knowledge based jobs for future generations in Newcastle.

Rachel Dickie, head of urban regeneration at Legal & General Capital, said, “City regeneration works best when you have collaborative partnerships.  To have achieved planning on our second office building is a significant milestone towards delivering this major urban regeneration project.  The partnership between ourselves, the Council and University has enabled this scheme to transform at pace, and it is fantastic to see the quality and the vibrancy of the urban landscape that is being created at Newcastle Science Central spring to life.”

Ben Rodgers, Senior Development Manager, added, “Through the regeneration of Newcastle Science Central, we will be able to deliver an ambitious vision for this landmark site that will see new uses of Newcastle city centre space, including state of the art office and research accommodation, new homes, hotel and public realm, and will bring thousands of new jobs to the area.  This planning consent is yet another great step in achieving these goals with construction of this flagship office building planned to start on site next year and targeted for completion in early 2020.”

Jonathan Seebacher, architectural director at Ryder, said, “We are delighted to see the second Legal & General building achieve this significant milestone.  Building B is the flagship at the heart of Science Central which promises to bring a unique and exciting offer to the Newcastle office market.”

This is the second office building that Legal & General has achieved planning for at Newcastle Science Central.  The two office buildings, along with The Core – a 27,000sqm space for start ups and SMEs – will form the gateway to Science Central.  The area between the three buildings will also be transformed into a public square, improving accessibility to the site and providing a significant amenity for office workers, visitors and the surrounding community.

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